Petition: Tell SEPTA to End the $1 Transfer Penalty

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Sign the Petition to Support Free Transfers

SEPTA Key has made it much easier to pay for transit, but SEPTA has refused to eliminate one of the most inconvenient and counterproductive parts of their fare policy: the $1 transfer penalty.

Last year, 5th Square and Clean Air Council led a campaign pushing SEPTA to eliminate the transfer penalty when they voted on a new fare tariff, and now PlanPhilly reports that SEPTA management is considering doing just that in response to public demand and an internal push to improve bus service.

Sign our petition to tell SEPTA to give riders a break, and stop charging an extra $1 penalty to transfer between buses, subways, and trolleys.

When SEPTA charges an extra $1.00 for transfers, that's an unfair penalty for everyone whose home isn’t on the exact transit line as their job, family, school, grocery store, or place of worship. And it costs SEPTA more to run the system this way!

One SEPTA fare should cover your whole trip. With free transfers, every SEPTA rider would have the opportunity to access the whole city, on equal footing with every other rider. 

To learn more about why SEPTA should end the transfer penalty in their next fare vote, visit our Action page

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  • Joanna Mieleszko
    signed 2019-06-06 22:11:58 -0400
    As an NYC-native who has been to Philly numerous times and is planning a move out there it’s outrageous that one should pay to transfer. While SEPTA refers to the fee as a discount (as opposed to paying full price for a transfer) it very much is a penalty, especially relative to some of the most developed, utilized, and treasured transit systems in the world. NYC has a litany of grievances with its very own MTA but free transfers keep the city alive and without it ridership would undoubtedly be adversely affected. Back to Philly, most SEPTA users require more than one line to get from A to B and the penalty discourages regular SEPTA usage, especially as cumulative fees can easily resemble the lower end of ride-share prices, which often can be more time-effective.
  • Nicole Perry
    signed 2019-05-05 10:41:42 -0400
  • Joe Cox for council
    @PMAJoe4Council tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-03 00:37:26 -0400
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers https://www.5thsq.org/freetransfers?recruiter_id=745499
  • Joe Cox
    signed 2019-05-03 00:36:30 -0400
  • Nicholas Rhodes
    signed 2019-05-02 21:02:53 -0400
  • Mitch Chanin
    signed 2019-05-02 20:51:33 -0400
  • Valerie Ferguson
    signed 2019-05-02 05:10:29 -0400
    I have almost never been able to get to work and back without having to transfer. Please help our community members get to work for less!
  • Desmond Drake
    signed 2019-01-11 17:22:07 -0500
    i swear sometimes the buses/subs be taking whole fares instead of that $1 transfer fee. Does this happen to anyone else?
  • Anne Argue
    signed 2018-10-18 14:41:15 -0400
  • Carla Starling
    signed 2018-10-04 19:14:25 -0400
  • Sara Hirschler
    signed 2018-09-13 08:33:06 -0400
  • Stephanie Weirich
    signed 2018-08-28 09:57:16 -0400
  • Allison Carafa
    signed 2018-08-08 12:07:23 -0400
  • Robin Brehm
    signed 2018-08-06 13:40:43 -0400
  • Richard Summers
    signed via 2018-08-05 14:41:55 -0400
  • Merrily
    signed 2018-08-04 17:11:59 -0400
  • Raymond Kerstetter
    signed 2018-08-03 16:34:38 -0400
    not exactly a “penalty”. Thank your lucky stars we aren’t charged one fare for each mode of travel we do use. “Charging people extra to do something they don’t want to do” is absurd. Not all the routes allow you a one seat ride! If the forefathers of our systems weren’t so stubborn, we would have had extensions to the el and the subway to places they never go. I do however support one fare from start to end of your journey and it can be done by way of this new SEPTA Key scheme.
  • John Jonik
    signed 2018-08-02 22:52:41 -0400
  • Karel Kilimnik
    signed 2018-08-02 17:59:08 -0400
  • Anthony Faino
    signed 2018-08-02 13:57:19 -0400
  • Gloria Rohlfs
    signed 2018-08-02 13:48:05 -0400
    The transfer charge make public transit too expensive for some (those who can least afford it) and should be eliminated. NYC allows transfers without an additional fee for within 2 hours.
  • Aaron Ronksley
    signed 2018-08-02 12:50:43 -0400
  • Paul Gorman
    signed 2018-08-02 12:07:40 -0400
  • Karly Kiefer
    signed 2018-08-02 11:32:40 -0400
  • Maureen Welsh
    signed 2018-08-02 09:58:51 -0400
  • Michael Colligan
    signed 2018-08-02 08:15:52 -0400
  • Jenny Hoedeman-Eiteljorg
    signed 2018-08-02 07:34:43 -0400
  • John Pfluger
    signed 2018-08-02 07:31:45 -0400
    I can ride from Frankford Ave to the stadiums on the subway system for $2.50, but to go from Pennsport to city hall costs $3.50? End transfer fees. Put some cash back in the pockets of those who need it most and really rely on the mass transit systems to get them around.
  • Meghan Higgins
    signed 2018-08-02 07:00:18 -0400
  • Michael Heaney
    signed 2018-08-02 04:47:42 -0400